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An ocean separates Mississippi and Timbuktu, but to hear Malian guitarist Ali Farka Touré is to hear how Delta blues and African folk twine together like serpents in the desert. Spartan, hypnotic, and staggering, these twin early acoustic albums align Touré with legends like John Lee Hooker and Son House.

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It floors me that someone with as little intelligence as the above reviewer could possibly find it within himself to comment on an artist with as much talent and integrity as this. It also floors me that he is able to even find the power button on his computer. Perhaps you should spend your time doing an online spelling course and stop trying to spread your inane ideas across the web.

The heart of things

I remember the day I bought this album from a small cd shop in northern Michigan. The music is primal, and deeply moving. To me it's unintentionally minimalistic, proving that sometimes less is more. I couldn't help but think when I listened to it that this must be the forefather of blues, jazz, rock and other modern styles. Just like any other album it's not for everyone, but I found it very rewarding.

A good album

This music is beautiful because it is simple and peaceful. It is not "boaring," or as some would spell it, "boring."


Born: 1939 in Timbuktu

Genre: World

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the most internationally successful West African musicians of the '90s, Ali Farka Touré was described as "the African John Lee Hooker" so many times that it probably began to grate on both Touré's and Hooker's nerves. There is a lot of truth to the comparison, however, and it isn't exactly an insult. The guitarist, who also played other instruments such as calabash and bongos, shared with Hooker (and similar American bluesmen like Lightnin' Hopkins) a predilection for low-pitched vocals and...
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